Wind farm opens up for photography competition

Renewable energy company Eneco UK is launching a photography competition to the local community to help capture their views of Lochluichart Wind Farm, known locally as The Spinny Turners. The competition will be launched today and closes on the 26 June. Two lucky winners will win a new camera as well as having their work displayed at Aultguish Tourism Bothy, sponsored by Eneco which opens on 1 June and is based at the western end of Loch Glascarnoch at the Aultguish Inn. The Visitor Lab gives an Aultguish panorama view, history and things to do and see in the area.

The competition includes the opportunity for amateur photographers to go on to the wind farm site as part of a guided tour which will take place on Saturday 23 May from 11am to 14.00am. The free coach tour will be available from The Aultguish Inn where refreshments will be provided, before taking guests around the wind farm so they can capture a number of shots from various locations that they wouldn’t normally have access to.

The Spinny Turners officially opened in May 2014 and was named by the pupils of Strathgarve Primary School at an inaugural ceremony with guest from the local community in attendance. The wind farm generates 69MW of power and has 23 turbines.

Guy Madgwick, Managing Director of Eneco UK says: “We felt it was important that we displayed a number of photographs of how the wind farm looks a year after becoming operational at our local Aultguish Tourism Bothy, sponsored by Eneco which re-opens on 1 June. The competition is open to any age and any photography ability, what we really want to see captured is views of the wind farm from a local eye”.

The photographs can be taken from any view in the local area where the wind farm can be seen. The wind farm tour is an opportunity for those to go onto the site if they would like to and not a mandatory requirement for the competition. There are 30 spaces available for the coach tour which will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Michelle Giblin on 01926 331229 or michelle.giblin@eneco.com to reserve a space. The judging panel will consist of a professional photographer and Eneco’s Managing Director, Guy Madgwick.

Entries to the competition can also be e-mailed to michelle.giblin@eneco.com or sent to Eneco UK, 3 Athena Court, Athena Drive, Tachbrook Park, Warwick, CV34 6RT. Terms and conditions apply.* There will be two categories one for the under 16 and over.

For further information, please contact Seona Shuttleworth at Eneco on 01926 331229.

NOTE TO EDITORS

*Terms and conditions of Eneco’s photography competition
The competition opens on 28 April and the deadline is 26 June. All ages and abilities can apply excluding professional photographs. Two winners will win a new camera to the value of £175.00 and their work will be displayed in Aultguish Tourism Bothy as well as Eneco’s marketing materials. Eneco will own the rights to the winning photographs. A number of entries may also have their photographs displayed at Aultguish Tourism Bothy as well as Eneco’s marketing materials. No entries that have been sent in will be returned. The judging panel will consist of a professional photographer and Eneco’s Managing Director, Guy Madgwick.

About Eneco UK:
Eneco UK () is based in Warwick and headed by Director, Guy Madgwick. The UK wind portfolio includes Scottish onshore projects: Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms, fully operational with a combined generating capacity of 42MW, located in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire; Burn of Whilk Wind Farm (22.5MW) located west of Wick, Caithness – currently under construction; Moy Wind Farm (60MW) in The Highlands – currently under construction; Lochluichart Wind Farm (69MW) in The Highlands – fully operational and Macritch Hill, a proposed 54MW wind farm located in Angus that is being developed in partnership with Scottish Water. Eneco is also a 50:50 development partner in the Navitus Bay offshore wind project located to the west of the Isle of Wight. In November 2013, the company acquired its first solar project in the UK - the 10MW Sevor Solar Farm near South Marston, Swindon.